Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MUSE ESSENTIAL: LACE IN DESIGN

TADASHI SHOJI FASHION WEEK 2012

Fashion Designer Tadashi Shoji sent a magnificent Fall 2012 collection down the runway last week at New York Fashion week. Inspired by the "Golden Age of Shanghai,” his models were adorned with dresses of chanitilly lace, velvet, chiffon and silk with high necks, tiered skirts and beaded embroidery. The lace detailing from Tadashi Shoji’s collection is so magnificent that it invoked my MUSE! It made me wonder if this fashion element will be a Home design Trend for 2012?

TADASHI SHOJI FASHION WEEK 2012

What is Lace? : a netlike ornamental fabric that is patterned with open holes and made of threads by hand or machine. Lace-making is an ancient craft dating back to the late 15th century and early 16th century. Lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a fabric backing.

LACE is my source of inspiration for today’s post. Lets see how it translates into architecture, interior and home design:

  LACE IN ARCHITECTURE:

COBOGO HOUSE

Brazillian architect Marcio Kogan of StudioMK27 has designed the Cobogó House. The focal point of the exterior is the sculptural, light-diffusing architectural screen by renowned American sculptor, Erwin Hauer. (See pic above)
ERIN HAUER SCREEN
Hauer is known for infinite continuous surfaces, room screening and light filtering effects. The screens at the Cobogó House help form the walls on the top level of the house. At night, they appear like spatialized lace when light filters thru. (See pics below)


ERIN HAUER ARCHITECTURAL SCREEN AT COBOGO HOUSE
LACE IN INTERIOR AND FURNITURE:


DOREEN WESTPHAL CONCRETE LACE

Have you ever heard of Concrete lace? Designer Doreen Westphal designs lacy concrete curtains, and suspends them in mid-air. Doreen starts with a digital file of an old Belgium lace design and uses this file to construct plastic molds. The wire is placed in a special concrete mix called Quantz by G.Tech and is poured into these molds. I love that she combines craftsmanship with modern technology to transform a heavy material into a delicate installation. She defies gravity!


MARCEL WANDERS BON BON GOLD

Holland designer Marcel Wanders designs architectural, interior and industrial projects. In his designs he tends to use a layer of lace or crochet. I wonder if you can illuminate this orb from within? How cool would that be? (See pics above)


BROCADE STORAGE

Lace cut storage furniture designed by Brocade Home is unusual furniture you can use for different functions in your home. I love the cut-outs! (See pic above)

ANGELO TOMAIUOLO SWING CHAIR
Swing Chair by Angelo Tomaiuolo is an ergonomic chair that is inspired by old fashioned textiles. The design is laser cut aluminum that is lacqured in different colors. Its modern steel legs give its sleek elegance. It would be cool to combine these chairs with an old wood kitchen table! (See pic above)

ANGELO TOMAIUOLO WAVE TABLE
Love this lacquered table made out of recyclable aluminum! Its amazing how this dynamic structure supports the glass table top by two points. uh-mazing! (See pic above)

LACE IN LIGHTING:
BERNABEI AND FREEMAN

Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman design beautiful lighting inspired by textiles. The geometric pattern is made out of 2 layers of offset powder coated aluminum. The light casts beautiful shadows thru this delicate pattern. (See pic above)


BROWN HSEIH MOTH EATEN LIGHT

BrowneHsieh & Sons design nature inspired light fixtures. The MothEaten Lights are delicately mysterious. (See pic above)


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